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The trouble with PDFs

Maggie Vaughan | May 28, 2024 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Thursday, May 16th, DubBot and our partner Lullabot co-hosted "Web Accessibility Q&A: Simplicity, Testing, and Remediation," which featured a fantastic panel of accessibility professionals from Iowa's Department for the Blind, Lullabot, ...

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Cookie Consent Pop-ups

Maggie Vaughan | May 23, 2024 | Quality Assurance

Are persistent cookie consent pop-ups hindering your website's accessibility scan? These notifications can be annoying and prevent you from reading page-level reports, leading to a poor user experience. The following screenshot showcases an...

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Custom Policies - Not Just for Website Editors Anymore

Maggie Vaughan | May 20, 2024 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance

Content marketers churn out a lot of content, striving to balance originality and brand consistency while adhering to the organization's style guide. Content creation has many moving parts, but Custom Policies can make that process easier. I took...

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What does readability have to do with accessibility?

Maggie Vaughan | February 2, 2024 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

You may not realize this, but about 10% of the people visiting your website could have dyslexia. Still, others may struggle with cognitive or learning disabilities that make reading words and sentences difficult. Turns out, the average reading...

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New Feature: Account History

Maggie Vaughan | January 25, 2024 | Quality Assurance, Product Updates

DubBot administrators can now see a new option, Account History, in the Settings panel. Account History allows administrators a centralized location to view account-wide events with a timestamp for when the event occurred. The events are...

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Take Control with Image Indexing

Maggie Vaughan | December 18, 2023 | Quality Assurance

Missing images not only compromise the aesthetic appeal of your website but can also hinder your SEO. Excessively large images can have an adverse effect on your website performance. Get ready to take control, as DubBot will soon empower you to...

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Helping Users Prevent Input Errors

Maggie Vaughan | December 14, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

On November 16, I posted a blog titled Error Messages and Making Them Accessible. Today’s blog is about best practices to help you help your users actively avoid those errors. Similar to initiating accessibility testing at the outset...

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Viewport Testing: Analysis Options for a Better User Experience

Maggie Vaughan | November 30, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

DubBot brings you an exciting addition to your testing arsenal: the ability to configure the viewport used for testing and previewing your website for a more customized evaluation of your content within DubBot. Viewports play a significant role...

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Embracing a Simpler Platform

Blaine Herman | November 14, 2023 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

In a world where software companies try to be everything to everybody, we’ve taken a different approach at DubBot. Instead, we prioritize simplicity in our approach, recognizing that end users avoid overly complex...

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Dark Mode: Best Practices for Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | September 28, 2023 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Looking back on the history of dark mode, anyone can see it has come a long way from the old cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitors that displayed green text on a black background. It has evolved over time, driven by both practical considerations and...

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Improved Control for Ignoring Issues Across Multiple Pages

Maggie Vaughan | July 25, 2023 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance

DubBot’s clients have often provided inspiration for amazing product updates and feature additions. The ability to ignore issues by an element's HTML source is certainly proof of that. Imagine you have a webpage with an image of a dog...

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Custom Policies: DubBot’s Hidden Gem

Joanie Chembars | July 20, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

Does your company have an Editorial or Writing Style Guide? Is it consistently applied across your site? Doing so can greatly increase the quality and usability of the content on your site.  Why? Consider a user’s confusion if...

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It's A11Y Summit Time!

Maggie Vaughan | July 13, 2023 | Web Governance, Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Are you ready? The HighEdWeb Accessibility Summit is right around the corner. It’s happening on Tuesday, July 25, to be exact. Have you registered yet? No? What are you waiting for? Register Now! Here at DubBot, we are especially...

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Partially Accessible: A Conversation Within DubBot

Maggie Vaughan | May 18, 2023 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance, Web Governance

A few weeks ago, I was preparing for a webinar and reviewing a list of potential questions. One question, in particular, caught my attention: "Is it acceptable to release a product or website that is partially accessible?" As I began to formulate...

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Caption This!

Maggie Vaughan | April 20, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

Closed captioning is the process of adding written text to movies, TV shows, commercials…any type of video or audio media to make it accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. But, closed captioning not only benefits those...

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Not Your Father's Web Analytics

Maggie Vaughan | April 6, 2023 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance

Calling All HigherEd! Web analytics isn’t just for page views anymore. Although Web analytics has been around for about 30 years, it wasn’t until 2004 that "Web analytics became more established as an essential tool for web...

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G2 Badges: What's It All About?

Maggie Vaughan | March 30, 2023 | Quality Assurance

What are those badges on the DubBot website? If you have spent any time at all on the DubBot website, you’ve noticed some "badges" with titles like "Best Support," "Easiest Set-up," etc. Each badge is labeled with a season, a year, a...

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ChatGPT and regular expressions

Maggie Vaughan | February 6, 2023 | Quality Assurance

DISCLAIMER: DubBot does not endorse using ChatGPT as the only solution for generating regex and XPath expressions. Testing and verification by a qualified human is a must. The DubBot Support Team is here to help you with...

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Describing Images

Maggie Vaughan | January 20, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

We all know that adding ALT text to our images is a very simple way to help add accessibility to our websites and digital assets. But there are other forms of text alternatives that, when used properly, also make your digital creations...

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Actually, Don't Click Here!

Maggie Vaughan | December 15, 2022 | Accessibility, SEO, Quality Assurance

Why are web content writers, designers and managers still using "Click Here" (or "Read More," "Learn More," etc.) as link text when it has been shown repeatedly it's just not best practice? Maybe it’s time for a refresher course on...

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Manual Testing - A Checklist

Maggie Vaughan | December 12, 2022 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Back in October, October 9-12 to be exact, Little Rock, Arkansas hosted  #HEWeb22  - HighEdWeb’s Annual Conference. DubBot’s own Penny Kronz was a conference speaker, sharing her expertise in her session...

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Uptime Monitoring

Maggie Vaughan | October 4, 2022 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

What exactly does "uptime" mean in reference to your website? Uptime means the number of hours your website is operational and available to users. Uptime is generally measured as a percentage and calculated in monthly or yearly increments. The...

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Overlays: A Year and a Half Later

Maggie Vaughan | July 27, 2022 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

The problem with overlays is that they are still a problem! In February of 2021, I posted about the havoc that overlays cause to assistive technology and its users. According to a recent article in the New York Times (July 13, 2022), not...

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Supporting Web Pros in Higher Ed

Maggie Vaughan | July 4, 2022 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association or HighEdWeb is an organization of people dedicated to the "future of digital in higher education." Their annual conference is "created by and for" higher education professionals across campus....

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Form and Function

Maggie Vaughan | May 13, 2022 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Web forms should be easy to navigate, complete, and submit while being keyboard accessible from the first input field to the submit button. Instructions, input format requirements, and error messages should be written in plain language and...

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Case Study: University of West Florida

Penny Kronz | May 2, 2022 | Case Studies, Quality Assurance, Web Governance, Accessibility

The University of West Florida utilizes a CMS to manage their website content which allows non-technical users to manage their own web content. While this is a great practice that allows UWF to output timely content, manually reviewing all content...

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Web Performance Metrics

Maggie Vaughan | March 23, 2022 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance, Accessibility

We all want that webpage we’ve been searching for to be viewable, usable, and interactive with lightning speed. But alas, that is not always the case. We have all had to "Let the Spinning Wheel spin," much to our displeasure and...

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Best Practices for an Accessible Digital Environment

Maggie Vaughan | February 25, 2022 | Quality Assurance

What do we mean when we talk about best practices?  Merriam-Webster defines best practices as "a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results, and that is established or proposed as a standard...

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Readability Scores

Maggie Vaughan | January 13, 2022 | Quality Assurance, SEO, Accessibility

According to the Center for Plain Language, "Readability is about making your digital content clear and easy to understand. When you focus on readability, you increase the chance your target audience will actually read and interact with your...

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Web Governance - New Reporting Feature

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2022 | Product Updates, Web Governance, Quality Assurance

Some of you may have noticed a new report available to you in DubBot. That’s right, the Web Governance Report. We are really excited about this one! The Web Governance report will combine Custom Checks (soon to be called "Policies") and...

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Heuristics and Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | December 30, 2021 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

According to Psychology Today, "a heuristic is a mental shortcut that allows an individual to make a decision, pass judgment, or solve a problem quickly and with minimal mental effort." Heuristics are also referred to as "a rule of thumb," which...

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The Accessibility Tree Simplified

Maggie Vaughan | December 10, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

What is the Accessibility Tree? Simply put, the Accessibility Tree is what all operating systems use to power assistive technology. It is a modified Document Object Model (DOM). A browser takes the DOM and modifies it into a form that is useful...

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What's New at DubBot?

Maggie Vaughan | November 1, 2021 | Quality Assurance, Product Updates

The designers, programmers, and engineers at DubBot have been burning the midnight oil over the past several months and have released quite a few important updates. Let me tell you about the three most exciting (and requested) updates to be...

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Prioritizing Review of Image Alt Text

Penny Kronz | September 30, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Ensuring that your organization utilizes appropriate alt text for images within your website is pretty much considered Accessibility 101. For those readers who are not familiar, alt text or alternative text is the text version of an image read to...

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Accessibility and Analytics

Maggie Vaughan | June 25, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Using automated scanning software, such as DubBot, and manual testing are two excellent ways to identify potential accessibility issues in your digital assets. There is one more tool you can add to the mix and that is analytics. Finding an...

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Accessibility and the Procurement Process

Maggie Vaughan | April 16, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

What are the components of a robust procurement process for technology that ensures accessibility needs are identified and addressed in the planning, requirements gathering, research and evaluation phases as well as the determination of...

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What's in your Style Guide?

Penny Kronz | April 5, 2021 | Quality Assurance, SEO, Web Governance

DubBot automatically checks for website accessibility, SEO, and generally accepted website best practices. Although these checks are all beneficial as out-of-the-box functionality, one of the more powerful and flexible features in DubBot is the...

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The Problem with Overlays

Maggie Vaughan | February 1, 2021 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance, Accessibility

What Is an Overlay? According to Dictionary.com, an overlay is: noun something laid over something else; covering. a layer or decoration of something applied: an overlay of gold. Accessibility overlays are very similar ... they are laid...

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Personas and Designing for Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2021 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance, Accessibility

'Persona' Defined A persona is defined as "a single representation of a cluster of target users who represent similar behaviors, goals and motivations." ~ © Nielsen Norman Group More simply put, personas are models, usually...

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Manual Testing - It's in Your Hands

Maggie Vaughan | January 4, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Today’s websites and web apps can be very complex. Many consists of 1000s of code lines, multiple user interactions, custom color palettes, and video and audio content. Automated quality assurance tools, such as DubBot, are critical in...

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The Dreaded 404: Don't Leave Them Wanting More

Maggie Vaughan | October 27, 2020 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility, SEO

What’s the difference between 404 and 301? Simply put, an HTTP 404 status code indicates that your browser cannot find the page requested, “File Not Found.” When a user requests a nonexistent webpage, you should...

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DubBot provides continuous monitoring and quality checks

Penny Kronz | May 4, 2020 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility, Web Governance, SEO

While priorities, resources, and timelines have shifted significantly over the past month, there is still a need to continue to iterate and improve website accessibility, user experience, and overall content availability. More now than ever,...

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What DubBot is doing to help users tasked with managing websites during the Coronavirus

Penny Kronz | March 16, 2020 | Product Updates, Quality Assurance, Web Governance

As most of us enter a workweek that does not look like ones we have previously encountered, most DubBot users I have been in contact with are currently grappling with balancing three priorities simultaneously. While they continue with previously...

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Go Beyond Spell Checking

Penny Kronz | September 9, 2019 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance

With the amount of work that we all do in a day, it is no wonder that spell check and auto-correct are technology built into most tools that we use to communicate with each other. But often, spell checking is not enough. I know that when I am...

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Use DubBot to assist with a website redesign

Penny Kronz | July 25, 2019 | Quality Assurance

One of the most difficult processes that people responsible for a website take on is a website redesign. It is a necessary evil often spurred by a combination of some of the following factors: issues with the current design and...

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Track Accessibility Progress & More

Penny Kronz | January 11, 2019 | Quality Assurance, Product Updates

Happy New Year from your friends at DubBot! Dubby (the DubBot) is doing its best to stay warm during these winter months. We have good news! We’re launching Trends in DubBot. Trends will be accessed off of the user dashboard. DubBot...

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Starting a Content Inventory

Blaine Herman | August 21, 2018 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

Some of the first questions that we ask someone thinking about using DubBot are: How many pages does your website have? How many digital assets like PDFs and Word docs does it have? You may or may not be surprised to hear that most people...

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When Spell Check Isn't Enough

Blaine Herman | April 26, 2018 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

Everyone loves a good autocorrect error. I mean, when is it not funny when cologne is changed to colon, or invite is changed to inflate, or "humidifier" is changed to "homicide." As amusing as it is, though, to make fun of some of the unintended...

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Your Website is Your Reputation

Blaine Herman | March 13, 2018 | Quality Assurance

Your website is the first interaction many potential customers, partners, and vendors will have with your brand. Your website is your chance to make a phenomenal first impression, to show visitors your brand’s personality, your...

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Checks and Balances for Web Governance

Blaine Herman | February 26, 2018 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

In the "content is king" era of the web, many moving parts keep a website fresh and up to date. There’s the content machine: Marketing and communications professionals who write content and manage other contributors. There's the content...

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